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Community and social impact

We seek to contribute to the social and economic progress of the local communities where we operate. We believe that maintaining a fundamental respect for human rights, responsibly managing our impacts on communities and making valued social investments are integral to the success and sustainability of our business.

ExxonMobil believes a consistent approach helps our employees, contractors and partners effectively manage socioeconomic issues. The socioeconomic aspects of our business fall into seven broad categories, as depicted below.

Respecting human rights

ExxonMobil is committed to respecting human rights. Our approach to human rights is consistent with the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which outline the distinct, yet complementary, roles of government and business with regard to human rights: the government’s duty to protect human rights, and business’ responsibility to respect them.

ExxonMobil complies with all applicable laws and regulations and seeks to work with suppliers and business partners who share our commitment to human rights. Within our own workforce, our commitment to human rights is supported by our Standards of Business Conduct and our Statement on Labor and the Workplace.

Managing community engagement

ExxonMobil works in communities all over the world, each with their own unique cultures, needs and sensitivities. We strive to have a positive impact on the individual communities in which we live and operate. We believe proactively managing potential issues, while also enhancing community benefits, is integral to developing long-term, positive relationships.

We use our Upstream Socioeconomic Management Standard to identify potential socioeconomic impacts and their associated risks early in the Upstream asset life cycle, and then develop and implement appropriate avoidance, reduction, remedy and monitoring measures.

Community relations

Working collaboratively and transparently with local communities is essential to promoting positive long-term relationships and fostering ongoing support for our activities. We make every effort to consult with community stakeholders on a regular basis for the purpose of exchanging information and proactively identifying issues or concerns. By integrating the results of these discussions into our decision-making processes, we can help avoid or reduce our impacts on communities, enhance benefits, avert delays, reduce costs and prevent the escalation of issues.

Strategic community investments

ExxonMobil strives to be a good corporate citizen by working with governments, engaging with stakeholders and partnering with local and international organizations to help enhance the quality of life in the communities where we operate around the world. Whether through the U.S.-based ExxonMobil Foundation, the corporation or international affiliated company operations, we strategically invest in long-term social programs that directly impact our business and align with a host country’s economic and social goals. In 2015, we contributed US $268 million to communities around the world. 

We focus the majority of our spending on our corporate-led signature initiatives: improving education, combating malaria and advancing economic opportunities for women. We concentrate on these three areas because we believe they help build a foundation for human progress.

In addition to our signature initiatives, we provide local investments tailored to address community-specific social and economic challenges such as workforce development, access to health care and natural disaster recovery support. We consider the development goals of each community when deciding where, when and how best to invest.

Chart — ExxonMobil seeks to make meaningful community investments in a variety of focus areas. In 2015, total community investments were $268 million, with the greatest investment in civic and community initiatives. *Total contributions include donations from Exxon Mobil Corporation, our divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation, as well as employee and retiree giving through ExxonMobil’s matching gift, disaster relief and employee giving programs. Investments do not include environmental capital and operating expenditures, which totaled approximately $5.6 billion in 2015.

Employee participation

Volunteering and charitable giving are integral to ExxonMobil’s culture. Around the world, our employees support local communities by becoming mentors to students, assisting local food banks and providing environmental education opportunities, among other activities. ExxonMobil offers several programs that allow our employees and retirees to maximize their charitable impacts.

Malaria initiative

We care about the health of our employees, their families and members of the communities where we operate, which is why we invest in community health programs that help combat preventable or treatable illnesses. In several countries where we operate, including sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to have a significant impact on local communities. In 2015, ExxonMobil contributed US $12.5 million to fight malaria. We are proud to say that 2015 marks ExxonMobil’s 15th anniversary year working to reduce the human and economic toll of this disease.

Women’s economic opportunity initiative

Economically empowering women is essential to enhancing local economic development. We invest in programs proven to provide the skills and resources needed to increase their productivity and income. Over the past 10 years, ExxonMobil has invested approximately US $94 million for the purpose of helping women fulfill their economic potential and improve their well-being and that of their families and communities. In 2015 alone, our contributions totaled nearly US $12 million.

Education initiative

We believe global economic growth in today’s high-tech world relies upon highly skilled individuals, particularly those well trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For this reason, we invest in education and teacher development programs designed to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. In 2015, we invested nearly US $100 million in education programs around the world.